The Sons Of Anarchy cast got a major shock when they heard co-star Charlie Hunnam would star in Fifty Shades Of Grey in the role of Christian Grey. And they weren’t the only ones.
Many fans were surprised (an understatement), with the studio selection of “Jax” to play the raunchy billionaire in the adaptation of E.L. James’ extremely popular novel of the same name, sometimes also dubbed, “mommy porn.”
But what do the other stars of the show think of Hunnam’s new role? The magazine EW spent time on set and talked about the topic with some of the ladies in the series.
Here’s what they had to say.
Maggie Siff, who portrays Jax’s wife in Sons Of Anachy says, “When he told me that it was happening or that he was considering it I just howled. I mean I think we all did. We’re all like, what?”
“And then talked to him seriously about it. I think he’s very brave to it. He doesn’t do anything unless he feels it deep down. He’s not going to do something because all of his agents are telling him to do something. That’s what makes me think it stands a chance of being really, really great. If he has that conviction going in, then you know it’ll be great.”
Katey Sagal, had even more praise for Charlie Hunnam adding:
“I’m really proud of him. The choice was not an obvious one for him. But for good or bad, he will throw himself 100 percent in. I don’t know if I want to see all that, but maybe.” Sagal said referring to the expected nudity in the film.
Sons Of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter commented, “We’re thrilled for Charlie. He works hard, constantly challenges himself and his craft. He is a star, in all the right ways.”
Not surprisingly, Hunnam is very modest about the position in which he finds himself in as Christian Grey, who has become a legend among fans because of James’ novels.
The British star tells EW that he accepts the fact that choosing him is not what most fans wanted and he is taking the preparation for the role very seriously.
“There are so many fans of that book and I know that on the surface, I’m probably not what everybody imagined. Because reading is so personal and people bring a character to life in their imagination, they feel ownership over that character. That’s daunting if I allowed myself to think about it too much. I’m taking it very seriously and intend to explore the nature of who this character is, what motivates him—and also dress up nice and look good in those suits.”
Do you think Charlie Hunnam will make a successful jump from tough biker in Sons Of Anarchy to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey?